BFM Podcast

It's Time Malaysia Expands Newborn Screening for Rare Diseases

Tan KW
Publish date: Tue, 27 Feb 2024, 04:30 PM
It’s Time Malaysia Expands Newborn Screening for Rare Diseases

27-Feb-24 16:00

Professor Dr Thong Meow Keong, Consultant Paediatrician & Clinical Geneticist | Yoon Sook Yee, President, Genetic Counselling Society Malaysia

For many parents of children with rare diseases, the journey from discovering their child's symptoms to finding a definite diagnosis is often long and arduous. Parents often go from doctor to doctor to figure out what is happening to their child, and because of the nature of these diseases, most doctors aren't able to quickly pick up on the nature of the disease. But what if we can introduce screening policies to help detect some of these cases much earlier, even before the child shows symptoms? Ahead of Rare Disease Day (29 February), we speak to consultant paediatrician & clinical geneticist Prof Dr Thong Meow Keong, and genetic counsellor Yoon Sook Yee for their thoughts.

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